Great Mangroves

Since it was International Mangrove Day last Tuesday, July 26, I wrote a poem in honor of this guardian of the ecosystem.  They  need to be propagated and preserved as it is a vanishing species.

The Bakhawan


The Bakhawan,

Protecting, shading, enveloping

You always fascinated me,

A guardian of sanctuary to behold.


You add beauty and warmth to

This otherwise boring place.

You shed mankind from flood and disaster

You are their fortress against the storm


Keep us all safe and unharmed

By the wings of your branches

And your roots that holds the earth.


Note:  Bakhawan is mangrove in Akeanon dialect.






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